Group discusses campus safety

first_imgThe members of Campus Life Council discussed on-campus safety at its meeting Friday afternoon. While crime numbers are not high or increasing, student body president Brett Rocheleau said students are still often afraid to walk around campus alone at night. “We should try to minimize that fear,” Rocheleau said. Multiple campus resources are aimed at keeping the grounds safe and comfortable, he said, but the student body does not have a widespread awareness of their presence. “Whatever we do or whatever we have, it’s publicizing it [that is the issue],” Howard rector Margaret Morgan said. She said students need to know Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP), the Quad Squad and Safewalk protect the campus. Rector Maria Hinton of Cavanaugh said the Quad Squad consists of several officers who are assigned to monitor the various quads. “They walk constantly, all night long,” she said. “Their shifts run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they stop in the halls and check their basements.” Night monitors were also recently reinstated in all women’s halls this year. Morgan said these officers sit in the lobbies of the residence buildings in order to instill a sense of security. An additional safety device is the blue light phone. These emergency phones are located in various areas of campus, such as near the lakes and along the edge of campus by Stepan Fields. But chief of staff Katie Baker said NDSP does not advocate the phones as a strong form of crime prevention. “They don’t get used really and don’t deter crime,” Baker said. Rocheleau said one way to perhaps deter crime would be to expand the number of video cameras on campus, although Notre Dame already has several located on buildings overlooking the parking lots. Another idea to improve campus safety was to increase lighting around campus. Junior James Slaven, Student Union Board director of publicity, said the construction area around the Morris Inn is a safe walking area. He said the constant, bright lights allow students to feel safe at night, but the downside is the annoyance they cause to nearby dorms. “We need to find a balance between no lights and floodlights,” he said. Areas specified for increased lighting included God Quad, the crosswalks leading to Saint Mary’s and the paths around the Pasquerilla East and West areas. Baker said these locations deal with a large amount of student traffic even at night. “We mentioned putting reflectors on those crosswalks so they stand out more,” she said. Walsh Hall senator Veronica Guerrero said the issue of safety also requires common sense. For instance, students should not go on midnight runs around the lakes. “You have to be aware of your surroundings,” she said. In order to be fully aware, Rocheleau said it is also important to notice large sidewalk cracks and flooding around campus. Although the climate makes it difficult to maintain quality sidewalks, Rocheleau said the university acknowledges the problem and is trying to address it. “They’ve asked us to talk to people and get a list of specific areas,” Baker said.last_img read more

SeaRoc Expands Team

first_imgUK-based SeaRoc Group has announced the expansion of its team with a number of new hires throughout the second quarter of 2017.SeaRoc Group has taken on additional software developers to support the development roadmap for its marine management system, SeaPlanner.These hires boost the development team to ten people and the additional resource will support the timely delivery of significant product development, the company said.In addition, SeaRoc Group has grown its client support team in response to the increase in the number of projects that the SeaPlanner system supports onshore and offshore. A team of three is now responsible for supporting users of SeaPlanner to deliver appropriate training, gain client feedback and ensure clients maximise the benefits of the system on their projects.As part of its strategy to support effective cost-reduction and optimisation during O&M phases of offshore wind farms, the company has invested in expanding its specialist GIS Asset Management service department. An additional GIS Analyst has joined the team to help support clients in data management and analysis services including seabed monitoring and prediction – all critical services that allow issues to be identified before they pose a substantial financial risk to the project.Steve Pears, SeaRoc Group’s Managing Director, said: “The skills and experience that we have added to our team will be hugely valuable to our end clients and we see these hires as a sign of our commitment to the renewables industry. The boost to our workforce will allow us to leverage our abilities to provide the best possible solutions to our clients, now and in the future.”last_img read more